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After a stint at D-III Wisconsin-Whitewater in which he became the fastest coach to 100 wins in NCAA history, Lance Leipold (l.) has the University at Buffalo football team on the verge of winning its second-ever MAC Championship. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

This Friday, the University at Buffalo Bulls football team has another opportunity to make college football fans across the country enter a New York state of mind, something it did in dramatic fashion when the name of its star player was on everyone’s lips after one of the greatest performances in college football history.

One of the highlights of college football’s championship weekend coming up is No. 23 Buffalo’s Mid-American Conference Championship Game contest against Ball State, and our latest edition of The A Lot of Sports Talk Podcast features an interview with Rachel Lenzi, college and high school sports enterprise reporter for the Buffalo News, who discusses, among other topics, what it was like in person to experience running back Jaret Patterson’s 409-yard, eight-touchdown performance on Nov. 28 against Kent State. As fascinating as that performance was how the lightly-recruited Patterson found his way to Western New York in the first place out of high school, and Rachel lets us in on a story of heartbreak and perseverance that he and his twin brother, UB linebacker James Patterson, endured during their recruiting process out of Maryland.

Buffalo’s offense, led by the running of the Heisman Trophy-candidate Patterson, leads the Football Bowl Subdivision with its 51.8 scoring average, a main reason why sixth-year head coach Lance Leipold is being courted by a number of higher-profile schools that have — or will soon have — head coaching vacancies. In the podcast, Lenzi touches on the qualities that make Leipold one of the hottest commodities in the coaching ranks at the present time, plus discusses other aspects of the Bulls’ team that have excelled and have led to a perfect season so far. Along with the football team, the Buffalo athletic department has seen great moments in men’s and women’s basketball over the past three years, leading to a chat about what has gone right with the athletics department that allows their highest-profile sports to continue to churn out great success on a yearly basis.

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Interview Order: Intro (0:00 – 5:28); Rachel Lenzi; (5:30 – 31:48); Wrap-up (31:55 – 34:39)


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